Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Art Department trip to Venice

Posted on: Friday 14th March 2014

We were delighted with the sights and sounds of Barcelona last February but Venice captured hearts and minds. It was a wonderful experience for all involved. The grandeur of the architecture provided a classical backdrop for the music, costume and drama of the 2014 Venice Carnival. Everyone was made welcome and quickly joined in the festivities.

Day 1. After a peaceful night in our beautiful hotel which was once a monastery, we boarded the vaporetta and cruised down the Grand Canal towards the Piazza San Marco. Our journey was amazing as we marvelled at the beauty of our surroundings. It was like travelling back in time! The pupils recorded the splendour of the Palazzo Ducale which provided a stark contrast to the gloom and despair of the prison and the Bridge of Sighs.

Saturday concluded with a leisurely stroll to the Rialto Bridge and a lovely meal at a local trattoria.

The sun came out on Sunday which bathed Venice in a warm glow as the creams and orange of buildings stood out against the blue sky and transformed costumes into sparkling swathes of colour. The Peggy Guggenheim Museum proved to be a favourite venue for the pupils who sketched in the sunny sculpture garden.

It was a peaceful oasis before we joined the carnival revellers in the Piazza San Marco. Later that afternoon, we experienced the calm almost ethereal atmosphere interior of the Galleria Dell Accademia studying paintings by Titian and Bellini and the stunning San Giobbe altarpiece.

With aching feet and broad smiles, we returned to our hotel. The last night in Venice was tinged with sadness but that was a comment on the wonderful time we had.

Leaving Venice bathed in early morning sunshine and seeing the snow covered Dolomites from the coach window, we travelled to Padua to visit the world famous Scrovegni Chapel frescos by the pre-Renaissance artist, Giotto. The view was breath taking! Our last hours in Padua were spent dining in the warm sunshine, buying last minute souvenirs and visiting the market.

Venice exceeded our expectations. Pupils asked why we could not stay a day or two more! There are many beautiful places in the world to explore but I am sure that Venice will remain a wonderful memory for many.

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